PhD positions at the ICS

The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology (CTAC) at the University of Zurich invites applications for several PhD positions starting fall 2019. 

Candidates are expected to carry out a vigorous research program under supervision of one of the faculty members (Professors Feldmann, Helled, Mayer, Moore, Saha, Stadel, Teyssier and Yoo). We are looking for applicants with scientific interests in one or more of the following fields: cosmology, galaxy formation, black hole astrophysics and gravitational wave sources, star formation, planet formation and planetary interiors. Candidates with a strong theoretical or computational background are especially encouraged to apply.  Appointments are initially for three years with a possibility of further extension. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required at the starting date of the appointment. Annual salaries are in the range of CHF 47,000-50,000. The University of Zurich is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The scientific computing infrastructure at CTAC is very strong and includes access to the Swiss Supercomputing Centre in Lugano. Zurich offers a very dynamic and international living environment and is consistently ranked as the world's best city for quality of living by the Mercer survey.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, diplomas (as far as already available), and a personal statement of interests and goals (no longer than 2 pages). If diplomas and grades are not originally in French, German, Italian, or English, please provide electronic or scanned copies of certified translations into English. The submission of standardized test scores (e.g., GRE General Test) is optional. If you are not a native English speaker and have not received your degree from an institution where the only language of instruction is English, we require that you provide us with evidence of your proficiency in English (e.g., TOEFL, CEFR, IELTS, CAE). 

All materials should be uploaded to Academic Jobs Online at The candidate should also arrange for at least 2 (up to 3) confidential letters of recommendation to be uploaded to Academic Jobs Online prior to the deadline. Review of applications will begin Jan 19, 2019. All complete applications received on or before this date will receive full consideration. Later applications may be considered until the positions are filled. Following the initial selection process based on the submitted application documents, suitable candidates may be invited to interviews.

For any inquiries please contact directly the PhD Program Director, Prof. Lucio Mayer, at


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